The bathrooms and stairway areas of all this building’s levels will provide the best protection in a tornado. If you hear a Civil Defense siren and/or tornado advisory announcement in your building, please proceed to one of those areas and follow the procedures outlined below.

Tornado Procedures

  1. When a tornado watch is announced, this means that conditions exist that may result in a tornado in, or near, your area. Keep your radio or television set tuned to a local station for information and advice from your local government and the weather service. Also, keep watching the sky, especially to the south and southwest. If you see any revolving, funnel-shaped clouds, report them immediately by telephone using the 911 emergency number.

  2. When a tornado warning is issued, it means that a tornado has actually been sighted, or has been indicated by radar, and this or other tornadoes may strike in your vicinity. Public warning will come over the radio, TV, or by five-minute steady blasts of siren by the Civil Defense warning system. Take the following actions immediately!

Actions to Take

An announcement shall be made by using the public address system to warn tenants that a tornado warning has been issued for the area and that it is advisable to have all occupants move to a safe location in the building away from the exterior glass and not to exit the building until all clear is given.

Take the following actions immediately:

  1. Get away from the perimeter of the building and exterior glass. Close drape, blinds, etc., if time permits.
  2. Leave your office if located on the building perimeter - close the door.
  3. Go to the center of the building or the stair enclosures.
  4. Sit down and protect yourself by putting your head as close to your lap as possible, or kneel, protecting your head.
  5. Do not use elevators and do not go to the first floor lobby or outside the building.
  6. If you have a portable radio, tune to a local station for information.
  7. Do not use the telephone to get information or advice. This only ties up circuits. Updated information will be passed on to you via the building public address system as often as possible.
  8. If you are trapped in an outside office, seek protection under a desk. Keep calm.